Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Lens Review and samples

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  1. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    A 3-part hands on personal set of reviews and samples by myself and others at:-

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    HANDLING AND PERFORMANCE

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    ON LOCATION

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    VIDEO - LINKS - SAMPLES
     
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  2. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo! Subscribing Member

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    That is one fine lens, really sharp with awesome colour and contrast!! So can it just fit straight onto micro 4/3? also how much (I'm not going to like the answer i don't think!!)

    Great Blog by the way, thanks for posting.
     
  3. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    Yes you don't need an adapter.

    A tad over £800.
     
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  4. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo! Subscribing Member

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  5. silverbullet

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    Today I had this lens in my hands. The focusring runs as smooth as on my 50mm Summilux Black Paint (brass barrel).
    So creamy........:rolleyes:
     
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  6. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo! Subscribing Member

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    I guess you get what you pay for!!
     
  7. Boyzo

    Boyzo SC Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 14, 2010
    Great review ... thanks David

    Very tempting what impresses is the f0.95, quality build and the close focusing at 0.17m ( I dont care much about lack of EXIF)
    I have use MF legacy lenses on m43 (Minolta) but still have a preference for AF now (In my older years)

    What I found is the most legacy MF lenses just don't focus close enough

    The rumoured Panasonic 25/1.4 for me is a consideration but its going to be much like the 20/1.7 compact with poor close focusing ability (This is what I dislike most about the pancake) but it keeps the length short.

    The Voigtlander 25/0.95 is definitely unique.
     
  8. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    I agree completely and for me thats the key feature. Some of my M-Mount lenses only focus to .7 and .9 of a metre, which limits their use somewhat. The ability to get close and isolate things is one of the great strengths of the 25mm for me.
     
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  9. deirdre

    deirdre SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 26, 2010
    Well, there's no point in making an M-mount lens focus to 0.17 meter, after all, because the rangefinder can't really focus that closely.

    I'm glad to hear this one does -- it puts it on the map for me.
     
  10. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    Exactly and one of the problems of rangefinders. With m4/3 Voigtlander probably have somewhat more freedom with their lens design.
    Just out of interest I place the lens in front of my M9 (Don't do this at home kids!!) and this is the result.
     

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  11. BillN

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    can you stick this lens on a Nikon DSLR, (say the D300 or D700), with an adapter?
     
  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend Subscribing Member

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    you should be able to figure it out...
    Thanks for the review. Its one of those lenses I'd really love to have, but I know that I really wouldn't reach for it often enough to justify the expense. So, unless I hit the lottery, its probably not happening. But a nice one to drool over, and in the right hands a real gem.

    -Ray
     
  13. wt21

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    Aug 15, 2010